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December 19, 2012

Shippers Conditions Index Improves, But Only Temporarily

FTR Associates' Shippers Conditions Index for October improved month-over-month by nearly two points to a reading of -5.0, but FTR analysts predict the pendulum will soon swing back toward the carriers' side of the equation

December 18, 2012

Truck Tonnage Index Rebounds in November

The American Trucking Associations' advanced seasonally adjusted For-Hire Truck Tonnage Index jumped 3.7% in November. The first gain since July, it erased October's 3.7% drop

December 12, 2012

DOT Index Shows October Freight Shipments Dropped

The amount of freight carried by the for-hire transportation industry fell 1.9% in October from September, declining after a one-month increase

December 12, 2012

Trucking Conditions Index Begins Expected Climb

FTR Associates' Trucking Conditions Index started to rise significantly in September as expected. It recorded a 65% increase over the August index numbers to a level of 9.6, before giving back some of that gain in October, easing to a reading of 7.9

December 11, 2012

Sandy Helps Drive Van, Reefer Spot Freight up in November

Spot freight rose 3.6% in the U.S. and Canada November over October, according to the DAT North American Freight Index -- the first time November freight volumes outpaced October levels since the DAT Freight Index was established in 1996

December 5, 2012

November Truck Orders Slow

November truck orders dropped from October's unexpectedly high level, and are expected to be around 20,000 units for Class 8 when final numbers come in

November 28, 2012

Used Truck Market Back on Track in October

After a brief hiatus in September, the used truck market appears to moving in the right direction, as Class 8 unit sales improved 6% month-over-month

November 27, 2012

September Surface Trade with Canada and Mexico Nearly Same as Last Year's

Trade using surface transportation between the United States and its North American Free Trade Agreement partners, Canada and Mexico, was 0.1% lower in September 2012 than in September 2011.

November 26, 2012

'Carriers Have No Sense of Their Pricing Power.' A Q&A With Noel Perry

If, as many economists are predicting, we start to see decent economic growth in the second half of 2013, trucking will have an almost unprecedented advantage in the marketplace to adjust rates upward and turn operating ratios on their ear

November 25, 2012

Truck, Trailer Orders Rebound in October

Both medium-duty and heavy-duty truck orders rebounded in October in the North American commercial vehicle market, while new trailer orders rose by nearly a third from September, reports ACT Research Co

November 20, 2012

Sandy Affects October Truck Tonnage Figures

Superstorm Sandy helped drive tonnage figures down in October, resulting in the lowest level for the American Trucking Associations' seasonally adjusted For-Hire Truck Tonnage Index since May 2011

November 19, 2012

Shippers Conditions Index for September Same as August

FTR Associates' Shippers Conditions Index for September basically remained unchanged from August with a reading of 6.9, indicating stable but slightly tight truck capacity

November 16, 2012

Transportation CFOs Most Concerned With Volatile Fuel Prices

The chief financial officers of middle-market companies surveyed by GE Capital are more positive about the current state of their industry and the economy than they were six months earlier, but many are concerned about fuel price volatility and changes in the hours of service rules

November 15, 2012

Freight Shipments Rose 0.2% in September from August

The amount of freight carried by the for-hire transportation industry rose 0.2% in September from August, rising after a one-month decline

November 15, 2012

Spot Freight Market Down Year Over Year in October

Spot freight was up only slightly in October from the previous month and fell year-over-year, according to the DAT North American Freight Index

November 12, 2012

Economy, Trucking to Get Boost from Sandy

The economic recovery is progressing at a normal pace, and rebuilding from "superstorm" Sandy will be a boon for some sectors of the economy, including flatbed truckers, according to trucking economist Noel Perry

November 5, 2012

Fleet Survey Indicates Increase in Planned Order Activity

Fleets surveyed by CK Commercial Vehicle Research were increasing their planned order activity for power units in the coming three months, while planned trailer orders slowed. Freight demand, while slipping somewhat, is still solid at most fleets, according to the Q4 Fleet Sentiment Report, but it's still solid at most fleets

November 5, 2012

August Surface Trade with Canada and Mexico Rose 2.6%

Trade using surface transportation between the United States and its North American Free Trade Agreement partners, Canada and Mexico, was 2.6% higher in August 2012 than in August 2011.

November 4, 2012

Class 8 Orders Look Stronger for October

Preliminary data shows October Class 8 truck orders around 23,000 units - the highest since January. FTR Associates, Nashville, Ind., puts the number at at 22,760, 50% higher than the previous month and much improved over third quarter averages, while ACT Research, Columbus, Inc., projects orders will approach 23,200 units for Class 8 trucks and 18,500 for medium duty Class 5-7 vehicles

November 1, 2012

Losses to Trucking from Sandy Will Be Recouped in Future

Hurricane Sandy hit a region that's both densely populated and important economically. According to IHS Global Insight, the initial estimate of economic losses are in the $30-$50 billion range. However, some trucking companies may see a boost in both the near term and longer term

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